Maxine Gass Minter
A funeral Mass will be said for Maxine Gass Minter, of Brookhaven, on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Brookhaven. A reception will follow the service in the parish hall.
Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, from 1 p.m. until time of services at the church.
Mrs. Minter, 93, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. She was born May 6, 1925, in Jefferson City, Tennessee. She was the fifth child of nine born to Ernest L. and Callie Snow Gass.
As a young adult she worked at Oak Ridge during the time of the WWII Manhattan Project, where she met the love of her life, James W. Minter. They married Dec. 24, 1948, in New York City, and went about starting and raising a family. She became the beloved mother of son James W. Minter Jr. and daughter Elizabeth “Buffy” Minter Keeling. She worked throughout her life as a secretary, in real estate sales and a office manager, but she most enjoyed devoting time to her children and late husband. She enjoyed making a home for her family and supporting and helping with her children’s education and careers. In 1979, she and her late husband moved to Brookhaven to become the owners of B & O Machine and Welding Co., owning the business for 19 years, before exiting in 1998 when it was sold to their son. In recent years, she was known as an award-winning artist, but she also loved to bake bread, try new recipes and entertain at her home.
She was an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, a volunteer at Angels Attic, and a member of the Brookhaven Regional Art Guild. She enjoyed traveling with “The Country Club” group, whether renting a villa near Florence, Italy, or cruising the Baltic Sea. She especially loved going to the annual convention of the National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association.
Very health conscious, she maintained a gym membership throughout her later years. Just recently, she gave up — at 93 — cutting her own grass. And she loved to play bridge. From her daughter Buffy; “She turned out to be an award winning artist — and something of a party gal.” From her grandson Rob: “She was an amazing lady who had an amazing life.” From all who knew her — she brought so much love, joy, laughter, style, inspiration, and grace to our lives, and she will be deeply missed.
Preceding her in death are her parents; siblings, Walter Conard Gass, Paul Snow Gass, Marguerite “Peggy” Gass, Denton James H. Gass, Robert G. Gass; sisters-in–law, Austreberta Gass, Eloise Gass, Bernice Gass, Mary Gass and Sarah Minter; brothers-in-law, John T. Bible and William J. Denton; and daughter-in-law, Sue F. Minter.
Survivors are her two children, James W. Minter Jr. and Elizabeth “Buffy” Minter Keeling; three siblings, older sister Kathryne Gass Bible, younger brother Kenneth R. Gass (Janie), both of Morristown, Tennessee, and younger brother Charles E. Gass (Linda), of Jefferson City, Tennessee; brother-in-law Harry Q. Minter (Mary Ann), of West Redding, Connecticut; grandsons, Walker F. Minter, of Brookhaven, and Robert W.A. Keeling, of Arlington Virginia; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.